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    Overview

    Hardy ericas vary from prostrate mat-forming shrubs to the taller and more elegant tree heaths of the Mediterranean type. Most need soils with low pH but are adaptable to alkaline areas with suitable peaty soil preparation and water-retentive mulches to build up humus.

    The flowers are weather-resistant. After flowering is over, use sharp shears to trim into a compact shape. Erica carnea (“Springwood White”) is known as winter heath or snow heath. It carries white flowers in profusion from early winter to spring, and its spreading and ground-hugging nature prevents weed germination in summer.

    Plant Characteristics

    Size

    Small

    Type

    Shrub

    Light Exposure

    Full Sun/ Half Shade

    Season of Bloom

    Winter

    Hardiness Zones

    5 – 8

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